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Ryanair Chase Betting Tips, Predictions, Preview & Free Bets (Cheltenham 2019 - DAY 3)

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The Grade 1 Ryanair Chase is a two mile five furlong chase open to horses aged five years or older. It is seen as an easier alternative to the Gold Cup but has attracted quality fields in its first nine runnings. Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair, finally won the race last year with the Henry De Bromhead-trained Balko Des Flos (8/1). Check out below our Cheltenham 2019 Ryanair Chase race preview, with odds, tips, predictions, trends, free bets and betting promotions.

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The Ryanair Chase was introduced at the Festival in 2005, and has become the "easier option" for some high class horses to take rather than tackle the Gold Cup. It's a Grade 1 National Hunt chase run over two miles and five furlongs, for horses aged five years and upwards, with  17 fences to be jumped. The race boasts an impressive prize purse of £250,000 and has produced some impressive winners in recent years.

And now we'll take a closer look at this year's Ryanair Chase and try to determine which horse is likely to prevail.

FOOTPAD was the best novice chaser on the planet last season, storming to victory at Leopardstown’s Christmas Festival, the Cheltenham Festival and the season-ending meeting at Punchestown in April. He has been below par on both starts so far this time round, falling when beaten at Naas in November and finishing second to Simply Ned at Leopardstown last month.

MONALEE has run a monster race at the last two Cheltenham Festivals when runner-up in the Albert Bartlett and the RSA. His only Grade 1 victory was over 2m5f at Leopardstown last February and opened this season with a decent effort behind Kemboy at the same venue in December.

ROAD TO RESPECT was a late entrant having switched from the Gold Cup. He has not ran at this trip since 2017 when he won the Brown Advisory Chase here and then followed up at Punchestown a month later.

UN DE SCEAUX was handed a longer test during last year’s Cheltenham Festival but disappointed as the beaten favourite in the Ryanair Chase. This season, he was runner-up to Altior in the Tingle Creek at Sandown in December, only beaten four lengths there.

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BALKO DES FLOS, last year's winner, has been really disappointing of late and was one of the first beaten in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.

FRODON opened his account by winning at Aintree back in October. He was then a very gallant second to Baron Alco carrying 11st 12lbs at Cheltenham before producing a personal best at the same track in December.

ASO has been in good form in handicaps this season, winning a handicap at Newbury (by 13 lengths from Touch Kick) in November before following up in a Grade 3 handicap at Cheltenham last time. He was third in this race in 2017.

CONEY ISLAND has struggled with injuries in recent years, but is on target for this contest, and has some very good form in his locker. Connections felt he didn’t see out the trip over 3m at Leopardstown last time out and should be much happier at this distance.

FOX NORTON, winner of the 2017 Melling Chase, has won four of his seven starts at Cheltenham, two seconds and a third in the others, so clearly he enjoys his racing here. He was third in an Arkle and runner-up in a Champion Chase in two previous Festival outings.

THE STORYTELLER landed the Plate in determined fashion at last year’s Cheltenham Festival and could be overpriced for the Gordon Elliot team.

TERREFORT, CHARBEL and SUB LIEUTENANTlook beaten in this company.

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  • 7 of the last 8 winners were sent off 7/1 or shorter
  • 14  of the 14 wiiners were sent off no bigger than 16/1
  • 10 of the last 12 winners have had a previous win at Cheltenham
  • 9 of the last 11 winners had won a Grade 1 Chase before
  • 7 of the past 8 winners had won at least two races over fences.
  • Only 4 of the last 12 winners won on their previous run before Cheltenham
  • 10 of the last 11 winners were rated 161+
  • 6 of the last 7 winners were aged 7 or 8 years-old

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